UNC fans compete for seats at bars and restaurants as close to Franklin and North Columbia where as many as 50,000 people come to celebrate UNC wins. UNC students watch the men's basketball game between UNC and Duke on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 at Lotsa on Franklin Street. No.8 UNC beat No.1 Duke 88-72. 

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Franklin Street

Franklin Street sits at the northern edge of campus and it is the most famous stretch of pavement in Chapel Hill. Many of the businesses on Franklin Street cater to students. 

Students often rush Franklin Street after a win against Duke in basketball. Chapel Hill’s Homegrown Halloween event, which at its peak attracted nearly 32,000 college students from across the state, is held on Franklin Street.

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Gizmo Brew Works is opening a location in Chapel Hill, filling a vacant space on E. Franklin Street across from Bandido's Mexican Cafe. Bryan Williams, one of Gizmo’s owners, said the Chapel Hill taproom will have 50 taps and will not have a kitchen but will sell pre-packaged foods.

Raleigh-based brewery Gizmo coming soon to Franklin Street

Gizmo Brew Works will open in the building where the Ramshead Rathskeller restaurant was formerly housed: “This space is beloved by Chapel Hill, so we’re thrilled that we’ve got someone going in there, and someone with a great reputation like Gizmo I think will be fantastic for the space.”